At the beginning of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, Adam Levine was clad in layers. As the performance progressed, however, the Maroon 5 frontman shed clothing until — by the final moments of the show — he was shirtless.
For some, seeing Levine’s nipples onscreen raised questions about why this performance was considered decent, but a flash of Janet Jackson’s bare breast at the 2004 Super Bowl resulted in controversy, action from the Federal Communications Commission, and a blow to Jackson’s career.
Super Bowl halftime nipple rules feel inconsistent
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) February 4, 2019
Why is it okay to see Adam Levine’a boobs and not Janet Jackson’s?
Asking for a friend.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 4, 2019
Oh but we can see Adam Levine’s nipples @FCC
— Ira (@ira) February 4, 2019
now I have to explain to my children that adam levine has nipples
— ziwe (@ziwe) February 4, 2019
Oh so dudes can show nipple on the super bowl halftime show ok
— Elika Sadeghi (@steakNstiffarms) February 4, 2019